The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield

Stanfield

Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

An opening reception will be held Friday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

While mostly forgotten today, the native Richmonder was known in his lifetime as an intrepid world traveler, an expert in gemology, and writer of some renown. After his unexplained disappearance in March of 1937 Stanfield’s home (at 5317 Marshall Street) was preserved intact until its destruction in the 1980s. Luckily the contents were saved by the son of a former student of Stanfield, who recently provided them to Duskin & Scalin. Thanks to the work of researchers Phil Ford & Alane Miles, the curators have managed to produce an accurate representation of what Stanfield’s study looked like at the time of his disappearance.

The exhibition, “The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield” will be on display on the second floor of Chop Suey Books from February 13 – March 31.

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Art Installation project at Chop Suey Books

LettersRecently, my friend Noah Scalin asked if I would like to write some back story to a mysterious art installation he and Ghostprint Gallery‘s Thea Duskin were going to be working on in February. Without giving too much away, the installation will run about 6 weeks in the exhibit room at Chop Suey Books. My writing partner, Alane Cameron Miles, and I have had a wonderful time creating the content for this project, writing a series of letters, notes and news articles in order to bring the character featured in the installation to life. This may also lead to the possibility of some sort of publication with Noah & company.

Be on the lookout at Chop Suey in mid February for the opening. It should run through April.

WRIR 8th Birthday Party

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Friday, Feburary 1st (this Friday!), I will be MC-ing the annual Radio for the Rest of Us Birthday bash at the Renessance Ballroom 107 W. Broad Street.  More info here.  Lots of great bands and performances..and cake!  A 10 dollar suggested donation to one of the country’s best non-profit low-power FM radio stations, 97.3 WRIR.  Support independent media, support independent radio!

Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares …is out!

macabrehandThe book is out!  As of 12/12/12 Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares is available on Amazon (eBook soon too) and we’re having a book launch gathering at Chop Suey Books Friday, December 28th, 6-7PM.  Buy local! There will be some snacks and weird sounds by our friend Sean Lovelace, as well as some of the authors on hand for signing your copy.  The Facebook event is here!

Eleven new and bizarre stories by authors: Charles Albert, David Alluisi, R.C. Allen, Jr., Michael Gray Baughan, Dale Brumfield, Meriah Crawford, Julie Geen, Dean Knight, Rebecca Snow, Sarah Vogelsong and yours truly.

I am pretty excited about my story called, “The Incident of the Park Giant”.  It’s a kind of a throwback to the Manly Wade Wellman style; combining tall tale, history and horror.  I hope people like it!

Also, the amazing cover is by RVA local kick ass artist James Callahan, AKA Barf Comics.  A great follow-up anthology, plus we might even have some original RMs on hand for purchase too!  Join us!

Writer’s Fest

This Saturday, December 1st,  I will be at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, Virginia for their annual Writer’s Fest.  I am very excited to be doing a workshop similar to the one I did with the Richmond Young Writers summer program. Here is a teaser of what will be happening:

That’s right!  Turning every one of them into Cthulhu heads!  Nah. This is a photo of my daughter that I use on the title slide of my workshop called “Look out!  Behind you!  Creepy places & creature creations”.   It should a great time, we’ll even be touring the old building, which before it became a school, was used as a morgue during the influenza outbreak in 1918!  Amazing material!

The whole day is packed with writer’s and poet’s, as well as some bonus fun with a book and bake sale.  Open to the public and runs from 10AM – 7PM!

Upcoming…

Writer’s Fest

I’ll be doing a workshop with some  high school students as part of their annual Writer’s Event.  Saturday, December 1st at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg.

Body of Evidence

An upcoming book art project with artist Chuck Scalin, Tom DeHaven and other authors.  Event will be Wednesday, December 5th at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond.

Plus Richmond Macabre II should be coming out soon!

More on  these as they develop!

James River Writers Conference

I don’t know how or why, but they managed to ask me to be a panelist for this year’s James River Writers Conference.  I am going to do it!  I have been a panelist before, with the Route One South Music Conference many moons ago, plus my job gives me the occasion to present at a few Library related gigs.

Conferences are a strange and fun breed; everyone running around with cheap swag and name tags either hobnobbing with folks they know or networking with the ones they don’t.  Sometimes they network up sadly, other times great relationships develop.  I’m just going to go and do my thing, so yeah, I like cheap free swag.  Sure, I’m no Tom Robbins, but who cares.  There are all levels of writing and authorship in the world, and I am happy to represent the underdogs.  I kind of had that approach to the Music Conference when I was on the same panel as some major newspaper personalities.  I was more of the counterculture vulture spinning my venom with the best of them.  Held my own too!  Anyway, should be interesting!

October 20-21st.